White Cloud with some dried
Billows of white capillaries
On a visit to Marylebone Farmers Market I went to visit my friend William Rooney.
He is a forager and mushroom grower based in deep and wild Essex. Amongst the variety of oysters, chestnuts, open caps was one which I have overlooked many a times before, it stole my attention - White Cloud Mushroom. I have never seen a food so luminously white! It's utterly fascinating to look at. It was like looking down a microscope. Billowing with fine capillary like ferns; it could be seaweed on a coral.
Very good for the nervous system, William tells me. It's no wonder, as they look just like nerves.
I took William's advice and ate them raw in a salad. I made a dressing of sesame oil, rice vinegar and a dash of tamari. Chili would not have gone amiss, but I wanted to allow the flavour through without dominating it with chili.
The white cloud can be dried and made into a nerve soothing tea.
I thoroughly recommend a visit to his website www.mushroomtable.com, or catch him or his brother at the farmers market they attend (listed on website).